GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2020

Legislation extending driver privileges and in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, pushed for years by advocates for Virginia immigrants, cleared both chambers of the General Assembly Tuesday."There's a growing cognizance that these are communities who need licenses and in-state tuition," said Monica Sarmiento, the executive director of the Virginia...
By Macy Pressley/ Capital News ServiceCountless Virginians remember biting into the custardy sweetness of a pawpaw, the peculiar combination of mango and banana filling their mouths as the drops of juice dribbled down their chins, the perfect treat for a sweltering late August afternoon. These memories might be honored with...
After a marathon day of deliberations, both chambers of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly passed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, an energy omnibus designed to get Virginia to zero-carbon emissions by 2050.The late party-line vote in the Senate, taken more than 10 hours after it first convened Tuesday, followed a...
Senate Democrats abandoned an across-the-board approach to raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour on Tuesday, instead adopting a regional approach that will halt statewide increases at $11.50 in 2024.From there, it gets complicated: The state would be carved up into regions based on median family incomes....
Lawmakers in both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly voted Tuesday to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driving privileges.Advocates packed the Capitol for the votes, filling an overflow room where an interpreter translated the debate as unfolded on the floor of the Senate.“It’s very, very important for me...
Democrats walked off the floor of the House of Delegates Tuesday morning as the pastor invited to give the opening prayer delivered stinging remarks condemning abortion and gay marriage and said God would bring his "wrath" against those who don't follow biblical principles."Is this a prayer or a sermon?,"...
The Virginia Clean Economy Act squeaked through its second reading in the House Monday, but a deepening split among Democrats over what the commonwealth’s policy should be when it comes to decarbonizing the energy sector may threaten its survival in a crucial vote Tuesday.Hanging over the schism is the...
A Virginia Republican may have learned the hard way that being in the minority means you've got to watch what you tweet.Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, could only sit by Monday as the Democratic majority in the House of Delegates voted down four of his bills ahead of a...
The Virginia Senate chose to stick with its pending ban on electronic skill games after a Republican lawmaker tried to give the embattled and unregulated industry new life as a source of dedicated school funding.On Monday, Sen. Bill Stanley, R-Franklin, tried to tie skill games to a bill he's...
Virginia Democrats have made no secret that they planned to use their new majorities to decriminalize marijuana this year. (To the extent that there’s been a debate, it’s been focused on whether the state should skip straight to outright legalization.)Less certain was how many members of the GOP, whose...